Hi, I'm ianka,
your speaking mentor 

I make you own the stage 

Connect with ease 

And spread ideas that matter

Take advantage of my long standing career in media and acting.

Speaking with impact requires more than know how.

When you are asked to speak to an audience, it's because your colleagues, boss, clients or you believe you have the knowledge needed to deliver a strong message.
But having the knowledge is not enough if you fail to connect with your audience and translate that know how into a captivating talk.
Take a look at how Peter 's Jongers, CEO of Protime experienced ianka's mentoring.


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Performance techniques

Learn performance techniques from acting in movies and theatre to stand out.


Master the art of storytelling, move your audience into action. 

Emotional Intelligence

Learn how to leverage your emotional intelligence by learning how to interact and engage with your audience

Keynote development

Learn how to develop your keynote so you are in charge, and not your powerpoint.

Straightforward feedback, clear and personal. More boom/boom than bla bla. Applied and relevant towards quickly building up speaker skills.

"Hello, I am Xaveer and I am an introvert." This was my first sentence in the Thought Leaders Academy of ianka fleerackers.
A few months later I gave my first 'TED talk'.

Speaking with impact is not only useful when you have to give a presentation or give a speech. It is also particularly useful during networking or in daily business (but also other) contacts.
It is not an art that is reserved for only a few, anyone who is open to it can learn it. One of the rare ideal teachers in our language area is Ianka Fleerackers.

Ianka is an inspiring coach and expert who, thanks to her many years of experience, can very quickly make an analysis of your story and encourages you to look for new insertions by offering small, but important, adjustments.

There are people who change the course of your business and your personal life forever. Ianka is one of them. During a great workshop, she unraveled the secrets of presenting and storytelling. With the skill of a master storyteller, she showed us how to enthrall and convince an audience. But she showed us much more. She showed us that there can be a story and a storyteller in each of us. She is the guide to effectively communicating that message. Thanks to her expertise and knowledge, the spotlight of attention swings in your direction and you can hear a pin drop when you speak. She does that in her unique and infectious way. If your company REALLY has something to say? Then you should definitely listen to this young lady. .... book now... it's that simple

The Thought Leaders Academy has taught me a great deal about the importance of postural use of voice when giving a speech. I also learned to understand how important it is to make the effort to adequately prepare your talk. There is still work to be done, but the Thought Leaders Academy has given me the hook and points for attention to take my presentation skills to a higher level.

Too often I speak at events where the CEO has a great message that is unfortunately lost in a superficial presentation. Being good in management also means being good in public speaking. You can learn how to manage. You can learn how to be a good speaker..
I have seen what Ianka can do with our Nexxworks Bootcampers in just a few hours. Take your time. Not a few hours. The time you need to find your own voice, your own key, your own attitude, your own format, and story.

Thought leaders Academy doesn't give you the standard "10 steps to a good keynote" but very focused & personal feedback. We had to come out of our comfort zone every session, but always in a fun, exciting way without it becoming uncomfortable.

“My goal was to use my public speaking skills for moderating and presenting events. This from both a professional and a personal perspective. The Thought Leaders Academy, therefore, seemed the appropriate platform for me to continue working on this. My experience is very positive in the sense that you get a platform to practice unabashedly and in addition, you get concrete tools to work on content, the structure of your story. I realize that preparation and writing out your texts are extremely important. In the third session, I did this for the first time and you feel the inner peace at the start of your presentation. After the last session, I came home and enthusiastically told my wife about the session and the fact that this is really something that gives me energy, satisfaction, and peace.

If you have the instrument, Ianka Fleerackers will teach you how to play the stars of heaven. An absolute authority, the Queen of Speech.

I have experienced the public speaking training very positively. I especially wanted to get inside tips for better storytelling. And I got it. The training was not only educational, but it was also fun! I can recommend Thought Leaders Academy and working with ianka to anyone who - just like me - wants to give a keynote or presentation where storytelling is central. ”

Speaking Mentor Ianka Fleerackers is a must for all business leaders who want to better share their drive and passion.

She has been mentioned many times on Linkedin, but also with In The Pocket, ianka fleerackers makes the difference!

Training at Thought Leaders Academy with ianka is a great way to speak regularly and to be more aware of it. You always receive honest feedback, which helps to continue working on my keynote, for example. I find it very inspiring, and it is always a fun moment. Ideal for people who have to speak regularly in front of a group. The small group makes it quick and easy to try things out.

The Speakers Club is an ideal way to challenge yourself to grow as a speaker so that it does not stop with good intentions. The great exercises, the supportive feedback, and the pleasant atmosphere give you more confidence. And occasionally you discover that you can do more than you thought. I was very happy with the end result. I will definitely record TED talks. Thanks.

Thijs Van De Broek Strategist - In The Pocket
Xaveer Rumbaut Marketing Technologist at Invisible Puppy
Herman Boel Translater and Founder of Alta Verba
Peter Van De Veire Director at Form TS
Jo Hendriks Owner at Brain Rangers, Helping companies to let technology work for them instead of the other way around
Laura Rosseel Associate at Cresco I Business Law Firm
Rik Vera Worldwide keynote speaker, best selling author, lecturer at business schools and trusted advisor of large organisations.
Remi Shoenmakers Strategist bij In The Pocket
Peter van de Veire Director at Form TS
Walter van Velden Unite - Central Migration Office at ING
Elke Van Parys Founder of Heydays' Business Trainer Academy
Rik Vera Worldwide keynote speaker, best selling author, lecturer at business schools and trusted advisor of large organisations.
Emma Braeye VP People at In The Pocket
Peter Van Riet Designer | Speaker
Danny Verspreet Director Finance & IT

About ianka

ianka is a storytelling architect and entrepreneur with a long-standing career in media and arts. She is a published author. Following a successful career as an actress, she has dedicated the last ten years applying her expertise as a speaker, moderator, and speaking mentor. She has shared the stage with ministers and international guests, such as Gary Vaynerchuck, Patrick Dixon, and Peter Hinssen. Her favorite topics include emotional intelligence, transformation, and technology.


Discover our programs

Premium Keynote Program for business speakers

Individual coaching and mentoring for leaders, C-level and thought leaders.
Develop Your Thought Leadership.
Express The Big Ideas You Are Passionate About And Share Them With The World.

Brand ambassadors Program

Custom program for inhouse training and coaching.
Designed for organisations and companies who invest in their brand ambassadors and inhouse change agents.

​Masterclass For Starting And Occasional Speakers

Open training in group designed for entrepreneurs, coaches, communication-, sales- and project managers who want to excel in topics like storytelling, emotional intelligence and interaction with an audience.

Thought Leaders-u 

We are developing an Online Speakers Academy to offer you a blended learning experience with flipped classroom training. Work in progress.